Math is a series of simple steps. As such, all "big" math problems are a set of "simple" math problems. The more complex the math problem the more simple steps required to solve the math problem. Once a student learns this basic concept they lose the fear of doing math problems.
Math revolves around the equal sign. For a math equation, this means that what is on the right side equals what is on the left side. Solving math problems then becomes a matter of using tools (tricks) to adjust the equation to a form that has the answer (for example, x=3). The bottleneck in math is learning the tricks that make solving an equation easier. However, it is not necessary to know the tricks to solve math problems. The tricks only make it easier and/or faster. The two principle tools are 1) what you do to one side you must do to the other side (to maintain the equal sign) and 2) you can always multiple one side by 1. Simple rules that are the basis for solving all math problems.
I enjoy math and teaching math. I also enjoy teaching physics which is applied math. I also like the other sciences which also include math concepts but require memorizing concepts. The ratio of math to memorizing is highest for physics and then drops through chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Nonetheless, these are all very interesting subjects.
I used my B.S. degree in biophysics and Ph.D. in biochemistry to create a small biotechnology company. As such I understand how math and science are applied in the job market. I believe I can add value to any student interested in math and/or science.
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